NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state House is scheduled to take up legislation Monday night that would protect schools from lawsuits for allowing traditional winter celebrations, or religious displays.
The Senate version of the bill was unanimously approved 30-0 last month.
The legislation says schools can display scenes or symbols associated with such celebrations on school property, if the display includes more than one religion, or one religion and at least one secular scene or symbol. Messages that encourage adherence to a particular religious belief are prohibited.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Court records show the arraignment of a Tennessee woman charged in the death of her infant daughter has been postponed until she undergoes a mental health evaluation.
The Leaf Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1irH055) reports 24-year-old Stefany Paige Johnson had been scheduled to appear in court Monday morning on a charge of criminal homicide. She is being held without bail at the Montgomery County jail.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican leaders in the state Senate are warning that new funding for the University of Tennessee could be threatened over the use of student fees for a weeklong program about sex.
Senate Education Chairwoman Dolores Gresham of Somerville and Government Operations Chairman Mike Bell of Riceville in a letter to university leaders Wednesday call the use of fees for the student-run Sex Week an "abuse" of funds.